Thursday, November 17, 2005

Art, Literature, Statistics


The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt


"Maybe the human animal has contributed nothing to the universe but kissing and comedy--but, by God, that's plenty." --Tom Robbins


Achenalysis

The following is interesting to an exceedingly small number of humans on this earth. Coincidentally, that also describes the number of people who read my blog. What are the odds that anyone who reads this will be interested in my statistical analysis of the 11/13/05 Achenblog?

Well, first of all, if you do not know Achenblog, you should go there now and forget Read-Think-Live. You should only come here after you've read whatever Joel has to say, because he is smarter and funnier and a better writer than I am.

Below is a simple analysis of the kaboodlers on the "Fabulator 5000 and Fast Food Farming" kit from November 13. There was no kit on November 14, so the comments went on for two days--a total of 306, which is more than normal for one day, but about average for two days. The number of different names commenting (counting "no name given" as one) was 67. Three of those (Achenfan, Tom Fan and Dreamer) definitely belong to a single individual. CowTown and MadCow are presumably the same person, but omnigood and omnigasm claim to be two different people. If out of 7 completely anonymous posts there are three people responsible (just a guess), that brings us back to 67, so that's a good number. Number of commenters with 2 or more comments: 38, number of commenters with 10 or more comments: 13. Average number of comments: 4.6. Average number of words per comment: 337. Achenbach: 6 comments, 237 words. (The original Achenpost was 839 words.)




"Name"number
of posts
total
number
of words
mofan11
ach14
Charlton14
drfan14
","11
CowTownFan15
Jimmy Page15
omnifanfanfanfan15
Billy Fish16
Ellen Aim19
hotrockette19
l OO mis19
parrotzmom120
scumbunny112
Sinclair113
[^**?**^]/TD> 116
conehead117
HP117
markwa117
AchenfanFan118
sarafan119
Conquistador143
D. Lama BeWanna124
anaonymousforgoodreason129
kp130
BovineTruth1720
omnigood155
Golconda149
MadCow172
Dolphin Michael272
orifice245
newkidontheblog237
camisole277
melvin/a279
Bobby Plant212
Lady Jane2355
omnigasm2163
an american in siam...2328
Snarky Squirrel3152
yellojkt3305
Cat Keeper3195
Tom fan3154
Sara4180
slyness4174
LP4132
Achenbach6237
ot6313
LB6156
Achenfan6168
Curmudgeon6933
(no name)7233
Reader7557
bc7699
Dreamer8588
mo10313
pj10621
Bob S.10824
esskay111249
dr121049
Tim121360
Bayou Self121424
mostlylurking13949
Nani13923
kurosawaguy161028
TBG181310
Loomis193333
CowTown20588
TOTAL30622548

7 comments:

yellojkt said...

I find it fascinating, but then I am in the target demographic. I did something similar on another blog I read, the Comics Curmudgeon. I went through several months of posts to see what comics he talked most about.

When Josh (the Comics Curmudgeon) went on a honeymoon and left his blog unattended for 3 weeks he got over 1000 comments and someone with databse skills would periodically post lists of the most frequent commenters.

And no I really shouldn't have this much time on my hands.

CagedRabbit said...

Wow, that is pretty interesting - but what possessed you?!? How did you do it? I hope you have a fantastic piece of data mining software - but I'm picturing you slogging through the blog, making tick marks on a legal pad. Too funny!

mostlylurking, aka Caged Rabbit (surprised to see how many posts I had, in the middle of the work week)

Sara said...

Haha! That's cool, Karen. Made me realize I need to comment over there more frequently, too! I've been slacking.

Karen said...

CR,
I'm enough of a computer nerd that I can get the program to help me a lot; not enough that it would do it all for me. It took about a half hour to put the numbers together. And it was, as noted, a slow day on Achenblog.

[No pencil or paper was involved.]


Sara,
I just assumed you were scarce because jw was in Hong Kong--but that was before we all knew about your 3D Jeremy.

Sara said...

Haha! I think I've been scarce for longer than jw has been in Hong Kong. I'm so out of it that I didn't even know he had left until he was gone. (Did you see the comment he made awhile back about how he's uncomfortable with the thought of another Jeremy? He likes to think he's the only Jeremy in the world. Poor guy, trying to live in a one-Jeremy world all his life...hated to break the news to him.)

TBG said...

Your achenalysis is cool. Not quite sure how I feel about being third. Must have been a slow day at work. Did I really have that much to say? I'm going to have to check.

Jeremy said...

Wah! No fair that the achenalysis was on one of the days when I was on hiatis. Oh well...glad to see that you're back in action though!